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The fluid capacity for a 2004 Chevy Silverado Front Differential. Engine is 5.3 V8 Ext Cab with Z71 Package. The parts store said 2qts. I only put in 1.5 quarts and its leaking out fluid when I open the fill plug. Just wanted to make sure the parts store were a bunch of dunces. Thanks. John

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  • jpab33 Nov 13, 2009

    The hayes repair manual stated not syntheic for the front diff. the rear i know is synthetic which I just installed an entire rear end last week.

  • jpab33 Nov 14, 2009

    The hayes manual called for 80w 90 GL-5 Gear oil for the front. The rear calls for synthetic. I def only put in 1.25 to 1.5 quarts cause the job was so messy cause I tried to do it with the squeeze bottle which was a big messy mistake. I got smart and got a hand put and an extra bottle but when i went to add more (this time with the truck not raised) the fill hole was leaking fluid once I took the plug out. What do you suggest to do. Do you think it had something to do since the truck was not rasied or do you think I should do nothing and the 1.50 quarts will suffice due to the leaking when i remove the plug. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks,


    John

  • jpab33 Nov 14, 2009

    Ok what should I do. I only filled it with 1.5 quarts cause I didnt have a hand pump and the job got messy. So I got a pump and more fluid but when I took off the fill plug and fluid started slowly pouring out. This time it was not raised when I tried to re-fill it. What do you suggest I should do. I was unable to check the fill hole for the level cause it fluid was pouring out. Also for the front diff the manual called for regular gear oil. Not Synthetic.

    Thoughts...Suggestions?

    Thanks,

    John

  • jpab33 Nov 14, 2009

    My truck is considered Selectable 4WD not Full-time 4WD therefore according to Haynes regular gear oil is sufficient

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It depends what axle you have, but it ranges from 1.5 to 3 Be sure its the right grade, the owner manual should list it,, 80w90 Synthetic.

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The capacity is 2 quarts, but that is approx and based on if you drained it or overhauled it, if u just drained it add about 1 and 3/4 quarts, then bring the level up to just below the fill plug, about 1/2" below the plug is good, don't overfill or u can cause the axle seals to leak.

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    yadayada Nov 13, 2009

    i would go with the owners manual recommendation, the best syn gear oil is made by REDLINE hands down.

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